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  1. A Different Shade of Gray: Midlife And Beyond in the Inner City
    A Different Shade of Gray: Midlife And Beyond in the Inner City
    A Different Shade of Gray: Midlife And Beyond in the Inner City
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  2. A Different Shade of Gray: Midlife And Beyond in the Inner City

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An original look at urban aging by the Robert F. Kennedy Book Prize winner.

In a book that Robert B. Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor, called "provocative and insightful ….combining revealing details about specific people with thoughtful analysis of the trends that have shaped their lives," Katherine S. Newman, former dean of social sciences at Harvard's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and award-winning author of No Shame in My Game, exposes a growing but largely invisible group of Americans: the aging urban underclass.

While an increasing portion of the U.S. population is about to retire—the number of Americans over age sixty-five is expected to double to seventy million in the next thirty years—the experience of middle and old age, as Newman shows, differs dramatically for whites and minorities, for the middle class and the poor, and for those living in the suburbs versus the city. Focusing on the lives of elderly African Americans and Latinos in pockets of New York City where wages are low, crime is often high, and the elderly have few support systems they can rely on, A Different Shade of Gray provides "a well-documented portrait of a little-examined group" (Kirkus Reviews).

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Katherine Newman is a scholar who actually writes readable books, including A Different Shade of Gray, which is a presentation of research she did on racial and class disparities of the aging experience in America. In an earlier book, No Shame in My Game, Newman explored the experiences of young, low-wage workers in Harlem. That too was a highly readable and interesting book, this one about economic inequities among poor people of color. Both books amply demonstrate that there is a group of gainfully employed urban dwellers, mostly black and Hispanic, who are poor even though they are hard workers who, for the most part, do the right things. Yet they fail to get ahead because of multiple structural and attitudinal barriers within American society.

I read A Different Shade of Gray so that I could better understand why some racial and social groups in our incredibly wealthy nation experience a sad and impoverished old age. Not surprisingly, Newman identifies an... Read more
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